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1998 New York NY USA


Founded 26 Oct 1998, New York NY (USA), when Board was elected, following proposal of Dr Postel on behalf of a broad coalition of internet stakeholders. Set up in response to a request by USA that a non-profit organization should take on responsibility of G-XN4866 - Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) for the Internet Domain Name System (DNS) coordination.


Preserve the operational stability of the Internet; promote competition; achieve broad representation of global Internet communities; develop policy appropriate to its mission through bottom-up, consensus-based processes.


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Board of Directors; Advisory Committee; Address Supporting Organization; Generic Names Supporting Organization; Country Code Names Supporting Organization; At-Large Advisory Committee; Security and Stability Advisory Committee; Root Server System Advisor Committee; Technical Liaison Group. Regional At-Large Organizations (RALOs): Africa - AFRALO; Asia, Australasian and Pacific Islands - APRALO; Europe - EURALO; Latin American and the Caribbean Islands - LACRALO; North America - NARALO.

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UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and InfrastructureGOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and Production



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